Electricity consumers in Akwa Ibom State have accused the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) of fraudulently extorting members of the public without corresponding power supply. The consumers said the power company has completely neglected its responsibilities to members of the public, but has only made circulation of outrageous bills the most regular and visible aspect of their services to Akwa Ibom people.
Speaking with our correspondent in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, Mr. Idongesit Ekpenyong, a resident of Anwa Nsa Street, Uyo, expressed disappointment that such fraudulent activities could be allowed to go unabated in the state.
He said the entire PHEDC team in Akwa Ibom has displayed a high sense of irresponsibility and fraud against members of the public by forcefully and constantly placing charges for services not rendered. He said the idea behind the estimated billing system was the company’s calculated plan to make money at the expense of the public as any appropriate billing system would have revealed the true state of services rendered.
Citing his experience for instance, the consumer expressed disappointment that after one year of total blackout due to a faulty transformer in his area, the company, after installing a new transformer, facilitated by one of the residents, sent in bills covering the one year period of the total blackout.
He said: “Imagine a situation where you had no light in your area, not even a flash for one year, and for this reason, there was absolutely no point bringing in any bill, but after one year, one of the residents of the area facilitated the installation of a new transformer, two weeks after the new transformer was installed, they brought in bills covering the entire period of total blackout.
So ridiculous it was that some flats were receiving bills of N150, 000 and single rooms between N50, 000 and 70, 000.”
Source: New Telegraph